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ERIC Number: EJ1019753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Creating Writing Opportunities for Young Children
Edmister, Evette; Staples, Amy; Huber, Beth; Garrett, Jennifer Walz
Young Exceptional Children, v16 n3 p24-35 Sep 2013
This article describes an authentic, social, inclusive writing activity for young children (preschool to second grade) with and without disabilities engaged in what the second and third authors called "Big Paper." In addition to detailing the activity, recommendations for maximizing the participation of all students and monitoring student progress are provided. It concludes that examination of "Big Paper" revealed children attending to and engaging in the activity by exploring writing, storytelling, and multiple modes of communication. Children with significant developmental disabilities demonstrated sophisticated thinking and composing behavior that made clear their increasing understanding of and facility with the purposes of written communication. Also, although "Big Paper" is not a writing program in and of itself, it may be useful to teachers questioning how to introduce writing as well as a relevant addition to classrooms with strong writing programs already in place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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